October 31, 2019
aNNOUNCEMENT! CANCELLATION OF PTS ANNUAL MEETING 2019
To my PTS colleagues
I am greatly saddened to tell you that we have decided to cancel this year’s Panamerican Trauma Society Congress. The Executive Committee and I very carefully followed the political and social upheaval that has transpired in Chile. The bottom line is that we simply do not feel it is safe to hold the annual Congress.
Our hearts go out to our Chilean surgical brothers and sisters. We hope that the conflict is resolved in the very near future for everybody’s sake. However, the Executive Committee unanimously voted to cancel the meeting. At this point, it is unclear if the Chilean society will hold its meeting. If it does, we have volunteered to try to participate, as possible via electronic media.
More information will follow as it is available.
Please join me in wishing our Chilean colleagues our best wishes.
Thomas Scalea, MD
October 23, 2019
News from chile!
We want to inform you that a few days ago, the city of Santiago de Chile has been facing social unrest due to disorganized demonstrations.
The Pan American Trauma Society (SPT) expresses its solidarity with people who have been affected and injured during social unrest. Health professionals affiliated with the Society see the suffering of the victims in their emergency and surgery rooms and feel the responsibility of supporting their patients and victims by condemning all forms of violence.
While Chile's challenges at this time appear to be serious, we hope that security problems will end in the coming days. Meanwhile, the SPT Program Committee is closely monitoring the development of social unrest in Chile and continues organizing the XXXII Panamerican Congress of Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Surgery in La Serena, Chile.
To the participants of the congress, we want to emphasize that, above all, the safety of our partners, friends, and affiliates is the most critical aspect for us. We hope that order and peace in Santiago will be restored in the next few hours and that the Panamerican Trauma Society will continue with its annual meeting as planned. We will keep you informed if the congress plans change.
Thank you very much for your support and understanding of the situation.
October 1, 2019
Past Panamerican Trauma Society presidents met at Hamad General Hospital, in Doha, Qatar
Immediately after the 78th Annual Meeting of the American Association of the Surgery of Trauma & Clinical Congress of Acute Care Surgery held in Dallas, TX, USA, the past presidents of the Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS), Prof. Sandro Rizoli, Trauma Medical Director at Hamad General Hospital (HGH), in Doha, Qatar and Editor-in-Chief of Panamerican Journal of Trauma, and Prof. Gustavo P. Fraga, Coordinator of Division of Trauma Surgery and International Office of School of Medical Sciences (SMC) of University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil, traveled to Doha. >> Read more
September 16, 2019
International Breakfast Session. Sponsored by the American Association for the Surgery of Traum (aAAST) International Relations Committee
Thursday, September 19, 2019, in Dallas, Texas.
PTS President Dr. Felipe Vega will be on a panel representing PTS at the AAST next week at the annual International Breakfast Session in Dallas Texas.
September 5, 2019
call to provide assistance to people in the bahamas
The Panamerican Trauma Society (SPT) is dismayed by the devastation caused by the “Dorian” Hurricane in the Bahamas.
July 18, 2019
Announcement! New Editor-in-Chief
On behalf of the Search Committee for Editor-in-Chief of the Panamerican Journal of Trauma, Critical Care & Emergency Surgery (PAJTCCES), I am pleased to announce that the new Editor-in-Chief (EIC) will be Sandro Rizoli, MD. Dr. Rizoli will succeed Dr. Rao Ivatury on August 1, 2019. Dr. Rizoli was selected from an international group of candidates.
I would like to thank all the members of the Search Committee including Dr. Carlos Morales, Dr. Dario Birolini, Dr. Napoleon Mendez, Dr. Felipe Vega, Dr. Antonio Marttos, Dr. Thomas Scalea, Dr. Rao Ivatury, Dr. Paula Ferrada, Dr. Esteban Foianini, Dr. Michel Aboutanos, and Dr. Carlos Ordonez for their commitment during the recruitment and selection process of the new EIC. There were a number of qualified applicants for the position making the decision difficult for the committee members.
Second, I would like to thank Dr. Ivatury, who revamped the journal, built on the work of prior eminent editors, and established a tradition of quality research during the last eight years of service. We all owe him a debt of thanks. Dr. Ivatury will continue to be involved with the journal in a new role as Editor-in-Chief Emeritus.
The Panamerican Trauma Society has high expectations for the Journal. Having the Journal indexed soon is the most urgent. To reach this goal, the Society is asking the new EIC to make the needed modifications, including the formation of a new editorial board that will inject the energy needed and will open the opportunity for talented PTS members to actively participate.
Our goal is to expand the relevance of the Journal worldwide creating a desired place to publish the best scientific work in trauma, critical care, and emergency surgery. The Journal must continue to represent all of the PTS but must strive, in particular to be a vehicle for publications from Latin America.
Please join us in wishing Sandro all the best in his new role!. We are fortunate to have such an experienced individual in the EIC position, who will continue to develop the journal into a higher level in the publishing world.
Dr. Thomas Scalea
Panamerican Trauma Society
June 6, 2019
Open call for new members
The Chair of the PTS Research Sub-committee is pleased to invite you to become part of the PTS Research Subcommittee. This call aims at bringing together PTS members and researchers across the hemisphere to develop research initiatives.
Everyone is welcome to be part of this committee. No experience in research is necessary, and beginners in research endeavors are encouraged to participate. We look forward to your participation!
Dr. Dante Yeh, Chair PTS Research Sub-committee
Time to reflect on the many accomplishments of our beloved Society
Dear members, colleagues and friends of the Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS),
As 2018 comes to a closure, it is a time to reflect on the many accomplishments of our beloved society. It is also a time to recognize and pay homage to our members and the many contributions they have brought to the growth of the PTS.
Here are the major events of 2018:
In May of 2018, we held our annual 3-day Executive Committee retreat at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond Virginia. The entire Executive Committee was in attendance and we were able to outline the goals of the PTS for the future. Of particular note, the society did not incur any expenses to host the meeting as all of the participants covered their travel expenses and we were able to use the facilities at VCU at no expense. The meeting gave the opportunity for both PTS executive committee and VCU leadership (Dr. Peter Buckley, Dean of the VCU School of Medicine, and Dr. Marsha Rappley, VCU Vice-President for Health Sciences) to have a face to face interaction to share our vision and commitment to the society.
In August we returned to beautiful Cartagena, Colombia for our annual meeting in conjunction with the Asociación Colombiana de Cirugía (ACC). This meeting marked a departure for our society, it was the first time the PTS had complete autonomy over the scientific program and marketing for our portion of the meeting. We shared other responsibilities with the ACC and we are deeply grateful to the ACC and the Colombian people for their hospitality. The meeting was a resounding success with over 1600 paid-registered participants and close to 2000 participants (including speakers, guests, vendors, and non-registered staff). It was an unprecedented success for both the ACC and SPT, scientifically and financially. We look forward to a close partnership with the ACC in the forthcoming years and a prompt return to Colombia.
The scientific program at the annual meeting was a strong departure from the lecture format of previous meetings. We expanded the case discussions, interactive lectures and developed consensus guidelines. The Keynote sessions discussing “Inequalities in Trauma Care” and the “Surge of Gun Violence across the Hemisphere” were very well attended. Dr. Mattox and Dr. Ivatury stole the show with their poignant, intelligent and emotional retrospect on their “Journey as Trauma Surgeons”. Overall, the new format received wide praise. The Program Committee will continue to build on this interactive format while allowing some prominent lectures. Future programs will increasingly feature many of the leaders of Trauma in Latin America during the Keynote sessions.
Looking ahead, in 2019 we will have our annual meeting in La Serena, Chile in conjunction with the Sociedad de Cirujanos de Chile (SOCICH) and for 2020 in Campinas, Brazil with the Sociedade Brasileira de Atendimento Integrado ao Traumatizado (SBAIT). There are preliminary talks with the Asociación Argentina de Cirugía for 2021 and a return to Colombia with the ACC in 2022.
It is also appropriate to look back at our history on the cusp of the new year. The PTS, since it was established 33 years ago, did and will continue to support the professional and academic growth of each of its members and affiliated societies. The third edition of our standard textbook, Trauma, Cirugía de Urgencias y Cuidados Críticos, was released during the meeting in Colombia and featured many prominent authors from Latin America. The courses are being updated and new manuals are being written for the operative skills course, ultrasound course and nursing course. The society continues its commitment to support research and multi-institutional trials in Latin America and with our global partners in North America and Europe. We expect to have exponential growth in the upcoming years as Latin America has a wealth of experience to share with the rest of the world. For example, the Journal has continued to grow with increasing participation from young researchers from Latin America and we expect an increase in the numbers of articles of high scientific value. This year, Dr. Sandro Rizoli is the Chair of the Publication Committee and we can look forward too many changes and improvements.
We are very grateful to all of our members and to all the benefactors who have made it possible for the Society to grow throughout this time. The commitment of our members to improve Trauma Care across all facets to include pre-hospital care, nursing, critical care, surgery, research, education and trauma system development makes our Society truly unique.
As you well know, over the past years we have developed a strategic plan for the growth and professionalization of the Society and this has led to a proposal for a new structure for the Board that would allow greater participation and representativeness of the affiliated countries. We propose to distribute the responsibilities into Regions and establish Chairs for each of these Region. The Chairs would then have the responsibility to communicate with the representatives of each country/society in their region to understand the needs of each country or affiliated society within the PTS. This was proposed to increase the participation by each affiliated country/society and that their ideas, desires or needs would reach the Executive Committee. At the same time, it ensures that the PTS focuses its efforts on meeting the needs of its members, which may vary from country to country and between regions.
In the upcoming months, we will send a communication with our new proposal and get your thoughts on it. The intent is to form 5 regions that would have carry the same weight within the Board of Directors. It would be composed of Region 1 (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru), Region 2 (Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay), Region 3 (Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela), Region 4 (Caribbean, Central America and Mexico) and Region 5 (Canada and USA). Each country would have elected Ambassadors or Governors nominated through the affiliated societies of each country and they would have scheduled meetings with their respective Region Chief. This format would serve as a forum for communication and creation of new ideas and projects.
Additionally, the PTS seeks to establish strategic alliances in education, research, training of trauma surgeons/nurses/paramedics and the development of trauma systems with the leading Surgical Societies in each country throughout Latin America such as ACC, SOCICH, SBAIT, Asociación Argentina de Cirugía, just to name a few. We have also reached out to leading North American & European societies such as: AAST, EAST, WSES, ACS-COT, European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery, as well as other international agencies. We engage in these new and old Alliances on solid grounds, knowing who we are, proud of our past, sure of our future. In this way, we now serve our members better. Through these alliances, we have a presence and professional bearing on a global stage as equal players. Thus, strengthening the ties of friendship with other institutions for the benefit of our members in the pursuit of improving trauma care in the Americas.
Finally, we extend our thanks and congratulations to all of our members and those who served on the Board of Directors. Your contributions have allowed the growth and development of our Society and we are eternally grateful for your efforts. As a new year dawns, we all should wish for faster growth, and more efficient and active participation of all. Our goal should be to make the PTS the most important Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery society in Latin America.
Happy Holidays and “un abrazo” to all.
Executive Committee Panamerican Trauma Society
Dr. Felipe Vega, President
Dr. Thomas Scalea, ExecutiveDirector
Dr. Rao R. Ivatury, Editor in ChiefPAJTCCES
Dr. Antonio Marttos, President-Elect
Dr. Michel Aboutanos, Past President,VCU Representative
Dr. Carlos Ordonez, Past-President:
Dr. Sandro Rizoli, Past-President:
Dr. Esteban Foianini, Treasurer
Dr. Paula Ferrada, Secretary
Surgical Rescue – A Modified Delphi Study of the Panamerican Trauma Society
Dear PTS Member and Friend,
We are asking you to take part in a research study because we are trying to achieve consensus on how to approach “surgical rescue”. This study will progress as a series of rounds of polling in an iterative fashion (i.e. modified Delphi) until consensus is achieved.
o All of the responses will be collected and duplicates eliminated.
No risks are expected for your participation. You will not benefit directly from participating in this research study. You will not be paid for participating in this research study. https://redcap.miami.edu/surveys/?s=JAA4XH7C8F
All electronic data will be stored in computer files. You will be requested to provide your email address in order to provide you feedback on your responses starting in Round 3. Only people who are directly involved with the project will have access to those records. However, you will not be able to identify how any other subject in the study answered any of the questions. When the project is finished and results are reported, no individual will be identified in any way.
Your participation is voluntary. You can decline to participate, and you can stop your participation at any time, if you wish to do so, without any negative consequences to you.
It is estimated that this study will take 10-20 minutes to complete for each round.
Please follow this link to participate in this survey: https://redcap.miami.edu/surveys/?s=JAA4XH7C8F
By you answering the survey questions, this means you consent to participate in this research project.
If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please feel free to contact:
Daniel Dante Yeh, MD FACS, FCCM
Ryder Trauma Center
If you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant, contact the University of Miami, Human Subject Research Office at (305)243-3195.
Trauma Nursing Course held in Montevideo, Uruguay
On October 17th, 2018 a team lead by Lic. Gaspar Reboredo carried out our Trauma Nursing Course in Montevideo. During this course participants discussed the monitoring, caring and supervision of the management of trauma patients. The essential role of nurses as part of the trauma team was highlighted. The teaching team was formed by members of our Society, Local Course Director Gaspar Reboredo, accompanied by Leticia Almeida. We thank everyone who helped assist in this activity.
Message from the PTS President and the Executive Director:
October 15, 2018
To the Panamerican Trauma Society Members:
For the past 30 years, the Panamerican Trauma Society has represented all of the Americas in an attempt to improve trauma care for everyone. The society has evolved, and we seek to continue to make the PTS all that it can be. The 2018 meeting in Cartagena, Colombia was a great success and marked the first time the PTS became responsible for the meeting. We are actively soliciting comments from the membership and others who attended to make the 2019 meeting in Chile even more successful.
The PTS must become much more nimble and efficient to continue to meet its mission. Change is needed. However, we cannot lose the essence of the PTS. We must represent everyone in North and Latin America. Everyone has a home in the PTS.
We seek commentary from all members to continue the evolution. Some of the changes will be bumpy. That is OK, as long as all of us keep the best interest of the PTS first. In the near future, you will be receiving an invitation to provide comments to the Executive Committee and the Board. Please take the time to respond. These comments are critical to our future success.
We look forward to seeing everyone next year in Chile and eagerly await your comments.
Dr. Felipe Vega Dr. Thomas Scalea PTS President 2018-2019 PTS Executive Director
Renaming a Trauma Center as the ‘Ernest E. Moore Shock Trauma Center’ at Denver Health
Congratulations Dr. E. Moore!
The Panamerican Trauma Society offers its heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Ernest Eugene "Gene" Moore, upon having the trauma center at Denver Health renamed after him. Gene has dedicated his career to working in Denver, and it seems so appropriate that the trauma center is now renamed in his honor.
Dr. Moore has been a leading authority in injury care for almost 40 years. His contributions are numerous and span all important facets of injury care. He currently serves as editor in chief of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. He has spent his entire career at the University of Colorado in Denver where he has devoted to excellence in trauma and education, has been actively involved in research and published more than 1,500 articles of surgical science.
In addition, Gene Moore has been a valuable member of the Panamerican Trauma Society for many years. His constant presence and contributions at our annual meetings are invaluable. We are proud of having him as one of our members.
Congratulations Gene from all your friends and colleagues of the Panamerican Trauma Society!.
Thomas Scalea, MD Felipe Vega, MD PTS Executive Director PTS President 2018-2019
Click here to watch the ceremony video.
Symposium: Humanitarian Surgical Response in Conflict Situations - Sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross (CICR)
The International Committee of the Red Cross is in the process of actively looking for qualifying candidates who may serve as doctors in humanitarian missions. Today being employed in the humanitarian field is considered a good option for a surgical career.
In recent years, the Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS) and the Association of Colombian Surgery (ACC) have been characterized by their work hand in hand with the International Committee of the Red Cross to spread knowledge of trauma management. In the framework of this project, we invite you to the following Symposium:
Humanitarian Surgical Response in Conflict Situations
This symposium will present the current and expected future status in the field of our professional practice. Those attending the symposium will be registered and considered as candidates for possible attendance to Geneva to the recognized:
Weapon-Wounded Seminar in Geneva, Switzerland
The seminar includes a visit to the Ballistic Research Center of Hitzkirch. This event is held only twice a year and participation is strictly by invitation with travel expenses included by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The Symposium: Humanitarian Surgical Response in Conflict Situations, will take place at the Convention Center of the Americas, Room Nueva Granada D, on Tuesday, August 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the 31st Panamerican Congress of Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery and the 44th National Congress Advances in Surgery. Experts in humanitarian programs and trauma surgery of the International Committee of the Red Cross will be attending.
International Committee of the Red Cross (CICR)
Dr. Manuel Sáenz Terrazas, Regional CICR for the Americas
Advanced Disaster Medical Response (ADMR Course) - Havana, Cuba
On June 25th, 2018 the second ADMR “Advanced Disaster Medical Response” course of the Panamerican Trauma Society was held in Havana, Cuba.
The course was coordinated by: Dr. Susan Briggs (USA), with the help of instructors Dr. Tanya Zakrison (USA), Dr. Adam Fox (USA), Dr. Daniel Pust (USA), Dr. Manuel Lorenzo (USA), Dr. Andres Camilo (Cuba) and Cuban professionals who helped carry out the course activities. We would like to thank everyone involved who helped make this event a reality.
Third Trauma Nursing Course — Havana, Cuba
During this event, the 3rd "Trauma Course for Nursing" of the Panamerican Trauma Society was held on June 25 with the participation of pre-hospital nurses from all the provinces of the Caribbean country.
The faculty was formed by Lic. Gaspar Reboredo (Uruguay) and Lic. Elier Carrera (Cuba), as course directors. As well as instructors Jessica Badillo, RN (United States), Lic.Mayelin Durruthy (Cuba), Lic. Eraisy Rodríguez (Cuba), Lic. Rodolfo Gámez (Cuba) and Lic. Miguel Angel González (Cuba).
The team of instructors is committed to professional integration, sharing common language and methodology in trauma care; as well as advancing with the objectives of "Improving the quality of life of trauma victims and reducing mortality in the Americas."
We are extremely grateful for the team of organizers and collaborators of the United States for their support, especially Dr. Marc de Moya and the nurses Jazmín Garcés-Rey, Alice Gervasini, Sol Angélica Muniz, Sandy Muse, Paula Restrepo, Abigail Schroeder, Colleen Treviño, prestigious professors of nursing in emergencies, surgery and trauma. Without them this event would not have been made possible.
PTS Executive Committee Gather in Richmond, Virginia USA for annual retreat
The Executive Committee of the Panamerican Trauma Society met over the weekend in Richmond, Virginia for their annual retreat. The committee gathered together to discuss the future of PTS and solutions for improving and delivering access to trauma care.
MAY NEWS 2016:
Mohamed Mohamed, MD visits Richmond, VA USA
Introducing Dr. Mohamed Mohamed, graduate of the University of Khartoum in Sudan and member of the Panamerican Trauma Society. Dr. Mohamed is currently observing activities in Richmond, VA. He has observed clinical and quality improvement activities at VCU Health, in addition he will be spending two weeks with Richmond Ambulance Authority with the objective of learning about prehospital systems and the USA trauma system as a whole.
He is here through the International Observership Program, a collaborative effort between the PTS, VCU ITSDP and RAA.
Trauma Course | El Salvador
On April 29th and 30th, PTS board member Dr. Martha Quiodettis participated in an inaugural trauma course in El Salvador. She presented on the deliverables of PTS and the advantages of joining the society. The conference was a great success as more than 100 surgeons participated. Thank you, Dr. Quiodettis !added 5/2/16 MA
Greetings from Colombia!
Jane Laverne and the group from Virginia Rescue Squad are having a great time in Colombia!
The exchange has been in the cities of Neiva, Bogota, Medellin and Calidad. This is part of the Panamerican Trauma Society EMS exchange program with VCU and the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads.
Dr. Lacey N. LaGrone is spending this year (August 2015 – June 2016) in Peru conducting research in quality improvement programs in trauma and emergency surgery. Dr. LaGrone recently completed three years of general surgery residency and a Masters of Public Health at the University of Washington. She is currently supported by a fellowship from the National Institute of Health’s Fogarty International Clinical Research program.
Dr. LaGrone is mentored in collaboration with the Panamerican Trauma Society by Dr. Charles Mock from the University of Washington, Dr. Eduardo Huaman Egoavil of Hospital Nacional Guillermo Almenara, and Dr. Manuel Rodriguez Castro of Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Her primary project consists of a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the current use of trauma quality improvement programs, such as morbidity and mortality meetings and trauma registries, in Latin America. Her ancillary projects include efforts to define and implement a standardized morbidity and mortality conference in Peru, and reports which will highlight some of the many local successes in quality improvement.
Panamerican Trauma Congress 2015
This year's congress was a huge success, thanks to all who attended & we hope to see you next year in Brazil !
ACS 2015 Congress News:
Susan Miller Briggs, MD, MPH, was honored with the International Surgical Volunteerism Award for working with non-profit organizations and the US National Disaster Medical System to provide surgical care during humanitarian emergencies throughout the world.
Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS, a trauma and general surgeon from Tucson, AZ, received the International Surgical Volunteerism Award for helping to establish telemedicine and e-health programs in underdeveloped countries, especially those recovering from conflict and in need of major rebuilding of their health care systems.
PRESS RELEASE: https://www.facs.org/media/press-releases/2015/humanitarian
PRESS RELEASE: https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/trauma/about-trauma/award-winners
Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, FACS received the Meritorious Achievement Award Monday, October 5, at the annual Committee on Trauma (COT) dinner during ACS 2015 Clinical Congress. Dr. Coimbra was honored for his outstanding contributions to the ACS Regional Committees on Trauma (ACS RCOT) made during his term as the immediate past Vice-Chair of the ACS COT and Chair of the ACS RCOT.
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March News 2015:
The 1st International & National Meeting of Emergency Faculty of Medical Sciences from the National University of Caaguazú. The meeting was held on March 13-14th in Colonel Oveido in Paraguay.
Prof. Gustavo Marchain, MD, member of Panamerican Trauma Society and Sociedad Paraguaya de Trauma, said "This meeting is part of an action that aims to improve emergency and trauma care throughout Paraguay."
The event included USET and ADMR courses coordinated by Dr. José Cruvinel Neto and Dr. Bruno Pereira, both from the University of Campinas, Brazil, and featured a round table discussion of clinical cases. USET enrollment totaled 56 students and ADMR had 100 subscribers in attendance. According to organizers Dr. Ana Liz and University Directors, the event met their expectations and plans are to do more partnerships with trauma societies in Latin America.
This news is also available in Portuguese:
In addition, last week there was another event with 200 attendees:
Congratulations Drs.: Gustavo Machain, Jose Cruvinel and Bruno Pereira!
October 2014 | Member Spotlight:
Paula Ferrada, MD, PTS member and trauma surgeon at VCU Health Director of STICU and Associate Professor in the Division of Acute Care Surgical Services, discusses with Chris Porter at OnSurg about the benefits of international collaboration in academic surgery, Panamerican Trauma Society, and the benefits available to trauma professionals at this year's annual congress.